SIRB Academic Scholarships

Soroptimist International of Red Bluff is seeking applicants for four- $500 academic scholarships for High School graduating seniors. The primary eligibility requirement for this scholarship is a graduating senior from a high school in Tehama County who is committed to attending an identified college or trade school after graduation. Seniors with a well-rounded resume that includes good citizenship, extracurricular activities, and a strong academic status are encouraged to apply. Financial needs, as well as long term goals are also considered.

Soroptimist International of Red Bluff is also seeking applications for the Darlene Lundberg Scholarship. This award is for a female college student taking upper division courses, who is ideally pursuing a degree in a field to benefit women and girls. She must be a resident of Tehama County, and currently attending college, in a field focusing on subjects that will benefit the community. The scholarship is for $750, and will be awarded for the qualified candidate

Soroptimist is committed to making these scholarships available to support Tehama County youth and women in their educational pursuits, for the betterment of the community.

Applications or further information can be obtained at the Soroptimist International Red Bluff website;, or by contacting Jan Miller at 527-6806 or

Applications must be postmarked by April 20, 2021. Please note the date has been extended from April 15th in order for qualified candidates to participate.

Human Trafficking Video

Soroptimist International of Red Bluff has participated with Empower Tehama on events about stopping Human Trafficking in the past and is part of the work that many SI clubs do. Empower Tehama, in partnership with Tehama County Department of Education and Red Bluff Police Department, has created an educational video geared towards parents on the dangers of Human Trafficking and how to protect our youth in a virtual world. In the video you will learn:

  • Who the exploiters are
  • What grooming is
  • The risks of online gaming and technology
  • How to begin these tough conversations with children

The video is approximately 15 minutes long.


Selection Committee Chair Jean Shackelford, Amanda Holman (recipient), Paula Villa and President Cynthia Olsen

Soroptimist International of Red Bluff, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, presented a $750.00 Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women to help a local woman improve her economic situation. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the award was presented outside on the steps of the former Red Bluff County Courthouse.

Recipient Amanda Holman, 33, will use the cash award to complete her associate’s degree at Shasta College, where she is majoring in business administration. Once she completes her studies, Holman intends to continue on for a Bachelor’s degree.

“I once thought college was something unattainable for myself, but the opportunity arose and I am so grateful …Going to Shasta College not only allows me to reach my educational goals, but it also allows me to be an example to my young children in the process..”

The Live Your Dream Award provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.

The Red Bluff Soroptimists chose Holman because of her optimistic attitude, her high grade-point-average in college and the excellent recommendations she received. Holman has been raising two children on the money she earns working.

Chocolate Fantasia is BACK!

Guest Writer: Kelly Dolling, Dolling Insurance

Dolling Insurance LOVES a good downtown event. What can we say? We are all about supporting what our neighboring businesses have cookin’ as well as those BIG PICTURE ideas for our little town.  Well, we just so happened to have the opportunity to sit down with the one and only Vici Miranda, Re-Max Realtor and Tehama County enthusiast, to chat about an exciting DOWNTOWN EVENT that supports her EPIC VISION of The Big Splash Project.

It’s time for Chocolate Fantasia. Whether you have or haven’t heard of this beloved Soroptimist event, you’re in for an absolute treat this year! Scheduled for Friday, February 8th, this delightful event offers tasty ways to indulge a little, shop a little, and support a fabulous cause while you’re at it!

When we caught wind that this awesome shindig had been moved to the 600 Block on Main Street, we couldn’t help but ask why the decision was made to move it downtown and transition away from the more buffet/sit down model that had been used . . . and loved . . . in previous years. Miranda told us that while the old model was fun, it was also a lot of work. She continued, “I love the idea of trying something a little different that supports local commerce at the same time.”

Although much of the credit can be given to Miranda, she shared that Sophia Swarthout of Wink and the Main Block reached out about creating a Valentine chocolate/wine event to support the Splash Park. This one little contact led to a change in plans and a new home for Chocolate Fantasia had been found. We don’t know about you . . . but it sounds a bit like kizmet to us 😉

Contacting Swarthout seemed fitting as our questions to Miranda unearthed that nice juicy tidbit about downtown wanting to support the cause. We just had to know . . . what excited Sophia about this event partnership?

“I’m excited about a LOT of things,” laughed Swarthout. “But, mainly I’m excited that our little town is joining together to make Red Bluff better in so many ways – the Splash Park is a big part of it!” We couldn’t agree more with this wonderful statement. Miranda also mentioned that Alana Hoagland, owner of Plum Crazy, stepped up to coordinate aspects of this upcoming event. When we sat down with Hoagland, she didn’t miss a beat in the excitement department. She divulged that for the first time ever all of the 600 Block storefronts (minus one) are participating in this joint event.

“Our goal is to continue to support our community any way we can, because they support us,” Hoagland said. This event provided the perfect opportunity to come together and collaborate over a cause that matters to so many.

Are you ready to attend? Still on the fence?  Let us help you move into the YES category. We probed to find out what else is different to the event this year.  “Aside from the change of venue, the recipes will be mostly new,” said Miranda. “But, don’t worry . . . we will still include some old favorites!”

The shops will be stepping up their game as well. In addition to delicious wine and chocolate samplings, Wink, Plum Crazy and other storefronts will have fun and fresh items on display.

“We will have tons of new and cute stuff to browse,” said Swarthout. “But, most importantly, you will see the community coming out to support downtown and The Splash Park.”

Written by Kelley Dolling